Now would be a good time to point all of you to a recent blog post I wrote about consonance, dissonance, and beauty. I posted it on my rather sporadically updated blog, processed_sound. You can poke around, but other posts are all much older. (I’m trying to get into a habit of posting twice a week, but so far only making it to one per week.)
Read the post by next class. It seems an appropriate time, coming off group wailings about the Ferneyhough and Xenakis works. We will continue to discuss the Ferneyhough and Xenakis this week, along an introduction to ways of composing atonal music. You will have to compose at least one atonal work this semester, so it is time to think about how you might do that.